1852 - 1901
Braham was born in the Parish of Chorlton on Medlock near
the town of Manchester in the registration district of Hulme, Lancashire
the 26th of February 1852 and registered as Abraham. The first
born son of Richard, a Cottonspinner, later to become a manager and then an Assurance Agent. the "A"
from his name was quickly dropped and became known as Braham. According
to the census records of 1861 and 1871 he lived in Derbyshire and Lancashire
until he enlisted in the 99th Regt of Foot on the 19th of January 1873
in Manchester (record of enlistment
here). He served two years in that Regiment serving in Shorncliffe
(a barracks near Folkestone Kent), and various posts in Scotland. For
a chronology of the 99th Foot for the time that Braham spent
in the 99th Foot click here.
Transferring to the Royal Military Asylum in January of 1875 for eighteen
months of academic training he became an Army Schoolmaster - muster roll
showing transfer to the RMA from the 99th Foot on completion of the course
here, (For an intensive
history of the RMA click here).
After graduating from the RMA he chose to become attached
to the 3rd King's Own Hussars as a Schoolmaster. Muster records, here,
show him serving in Manchester, and Cahir Ireland before being moved to
Cork in 1887. It is known that he served in Colchester (After Cork and
before Athlone?) as some of his children show Colchester schools on their
It is presumed, by tracking the movements of British Army units and cross
referencing the dates of the birth of his children he was attached to
the 2nd Battalion of the Leicestershire Regiment, in India, between the
years of 1880 and 1886.
Returning home to the 3 KOH he re-engaged in order to serve his 21 years
necessary to complete a contract. Army records show him exceeding that
service and when he died, in service, he had served over 28 years. At
some point in time, probably just before his death and after the reorganisation
of the Corps of Army Schoolmasters (schoolmasters became teachers in Garrisons
as opposed to being attached to Regiments) he served in the garrison of
Athlone as a Garrison Schoolmaster for 4.5 years.
He died on the 24th of July 1901 at the Royal Infirmary in Sheffield.
The cause on his death certificate being "cirrhosis of the liver
and exhaustion". Whether he had his family with him is unknown but
his wife and four children were recorded in the 1901 Irish census, taken
in April of that year in Athlone Ireland. He was incorrectly enumerated in the 1901 Irish Census, being transcribed as Bond and in the Military Hospital in Athlone, this was in April 1901
Further research has uncovered the death notices (from the Sheffield Daily
Telegraph) of Braham and Sarah here.
Both are buried in the same plot at the Walkley cemetary in Sheffield
(G south 2 - G 580)
This collection of files illustrates Braham's short life. Some of them
are in PDF form and may take time to download
1861 census, this
shows Braham living with his Grandfather in New Mills Derbyshire. His
Grandfather was an Assurance agent.
this shows where his father, a Book Keeper, and the rest of the family
was living - New Mills, Derbyshire.
1871 census, this
shows the complete family living in Ardwick Manchester, Lancashire.
The Army papers (pdf), Attestation papers,
re-engagement papers and the 1901 Army list showing his Warrant Officer
status and the report of his death in the casualty list.
The Muster Rolls (pdf) , these rolls
how where he was stationed, in the period 1876 -80, and how much he was
paid in 30 day periods
Birth certificate, Braham's record
of birth, 26th February 1852
Wedding certificate, Braham
married Sarah Ellen Gregory, in Sheffield, on August 20th 1878
Death certificate, Braham's
record of death 24th July 1901 in Sheffield
Regimental movements, This chart
shows that although Braham was attached to the 3 KOH he was in India at
the stations ocupied by the 2nd Bn. Leicestershire regt.
Maps of Colonial India, these show
the Colonial administration districts and the locations of the places
that Braham and his family lived in.
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